I agree, and there is something disturbing about the power differential involved in that kind of relationship.
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Somewhat tangential to your question....
In one of the Granddaddies of Sci-Fi, The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, Dr. Asimov writes
No, Riders of the Purple Sage (Wage?) wasn't in it. But considering he wrote well over 100 short stories it would be hard to all of his best in 1 book.
Laer -- We all love ya', but this was too tasty to pass up. Cheer up, we all do it. -- WB